Monday, November 27, 2006
I'm visiting my brother here in San Francisco until Wednesday, so I've spent the past couple days doing some street shopping here in the Union Square area... I posted a couple of my adventures at my other blogs:
Sunday, November 26, 2006
One fashionista who also had dreams of having her own clothing boutique is Melissa Walton of Urban Minx. From a very young age, Melissa always wanted to open her own clothing store. Melissa lived in Oregon and got tired of having to fly to cities like San Francisco or New York to buy high fashion, so she opened up Urban Minx in Ashland, Oregon. Melissa now has three boutiques in Oregon including shops in Medford and Bend, Oregon.
UrbanMinx.com, your online source for designer clothing, offers designer clothing and accessories from brands such as Lilly Pullitzer, Theory, BCBG Max Azria, and Isabella - and that’s only a few on the very long list of brands that are carried on the Urban Minx website.
My concept for a clothing boutique is pretty similar to Melissa’s, however, I have a little bit of a unique twist which I think the San Diego area needs. I’ll keep you posted on my plan!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
There were two-three hour waits for the Coach and Puma stores that offered great bargains. I followed my brother into this jewelry and diamond store where they were offering 60% off all jewelry and surprisingly there weren’t very many people in there considering the huge discount. Of course I had to check out the gemstone jewelry, but for some reason my eyes wandered over to the diamond section where there was an array of diamond engagement rings. Bling, bling, bling everywhere and oh, my heart was palpitating over the gorgeous rings. One day, I thought. I even entertained the thought of buying one for those days when I just don’t want to be bothered with men, ya’ know? Friends call these engagement rings “decoy rings”. Ha! Ha!
They say if you want to manifest something into your life, you should pretend that it's already happening for you. So, I did some pretending today and imagined my hubby and I going shopping for my engagement ring (humor me, if you will). I came across this
1.78 Carat Mckenna2 Diamond platinum engagement ring. Simple, yet stunning ;)
By the way, I'm in San Francisco this week and will post on my shopping adventures in this fashion clad city!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Anyways, you can just imagine my excitement when I was contacted by Kelly Lynch of Brand Building PR to come in and preview the store and interview the employees of Forth & Towne here in San Diego. (Well, the store is actually in Chula Vista at the new Otay Ranch Towne Center.) You can read my write up over at The Runway Scoop....I have pictures on that post, but wanted to continue the pictures over here at Beauty is Within. So here you are....
This first photo is Kelly Lynch decked out in Forth & Towne clothing - the very first fashion PR person I’ve ever talked to. She is very nice and enthusiastic... A great PR person indeed!
Here is a glimpse of one of the dressing rooms....
And the jean wall is merchandised so well! Oh, do I feel sorry for the person who has to fold those jeans and make them “picture perfect”. I know the feeling...
For those of you who know me, you know I had to get a picture of accessories! Everything is high quality - similar to Banana Republic (which is owned by Gap as well).
I absolutely adore this outfit!
Kelly gave me a CD with all the collections that Forth & Towne offers this fall. I fell in love with this outfit from the “Opulence” Collection.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Yesterday when I was browsing through Bloomingdale’s I was stopped by one of the salesgirls at the perfume counter. She handed me a sample of Stella McCartney’s In Two Peony and caught a whiff of a fragrance so heavenly! Since I’m on this organic products kick, I was happy to know that the Stella perfume is made with all organic ingredients.
Stella McCartney’s perfume can be found at Fragrance.net. Also, you may want to check out the NowSmellThis blog that has reviews of all kinds of perfumes and fragrances.
What type of perfume do you wear?
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Interesting. I then did a search for “San Diego plastic surgery” and came up with over a million references. Even “Los Angeles plastic surgery” produced over a million references.
Of course this isn’t the best way to do research, but it did bring to mind another question. Are people in Southern California more obsessed with their looks than people in Northern California?
Should we even care?
It's just interesting to me because you have to wonder if women's lifestyles and surroundings affect their thoughts on plastic surgery....Is there a way to change their way of thinking and become more accepting of who they are?
I wanted to take pictures, but when I turned on my camera I realized that the battery was low....but I’ll be back!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Exciting things are happening in San Diego in regards to the fashion and retail scene. Well, with the San Diego real estate market the way it is, I wonder just how well any new retail venture in this city is going to do. But that’s another story...
Bloomingdale’s opens its doors at 9 a.m. tomorrow! I think I may venture down to take a look...
Read the news on Bloomingdale’s...
I never was properly taught how to apply eye makeup until recently when I attended a Mary Kay event. Who knew that applying eye shadow was an art? For those of you who are as clueless as I am about this, I did some research in the beauty blogosphere and came across a few posts to share:
- Beautynomics shares tips on how to apply eye makeup for Asian eyes
- I Am Fashion also gives us her take on Asian eye makeup
- Zlittle Frugal Living also has a great article on makeup application tips
- The Fashionable Housewife offers a great tutorial on smokey eye makeup
Thursday, November 16, 2006
We’re all different with our own unique beauty.
Anyways, the only time I think it’s ok to have rhinoplasty is if your nose is broken. There’s news going around about Cameron Diaz having rhinoplasty to repair her nose after breaking it a few times. However, do your homework and make sure the doctor has a good reputation like this New Jersey rhinoplasty surgeon!
Source: Zee News
First stop: Ross Department Stores
There are quite a few Ross stores scattered throughout San Diego county. I visited the new two-story Ross store in downtown (on the corner of 5th and “C” St) and I never had so much fun! You know how most Ross stores are pretty picked over? This store is jammed pack full of clothing - mostly women’s clothing. You can find cute tops and sweaters anywhere from $7 - $12. I bought a Maidenform bra that normally cost $24 for only $10 and scored big on a pair of Bandolino brown slacks for $14! Pictured here is a top I found for $7.
I know, I know, it’s frustrating to shop in Ross at times. A fashionista definitely has to be in a hunting mood to shop in there. However, it’s worth it considering the money you save!
Stay tuned tomorrow for more shopping in San Diego!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Did you know that gemstones have healing qualities to them? They’re not only pieces of wearable art, but they promote physical and spiritual healing in the body. Here’s a website that offers gemstone meanings. Today I’m wearing rhodonite, which according to the Gemstone Meanings website:
“The gemstone sorts out any feelings that are scattered, imbalanced, or ungrounded and allows you to broadens your perspective and helps you become more balanced and mature.”
It’s funny because just before I turned on my computer today, I was wondering why my mind felt so calm. Usually about this time of day my thoughts are scattered thinking about all the things I need to do. But today...I feel, well, sortof “put together” - for lack of a better term.
What types of gemstones do you like to wear?
Watching Isaac in this video gave me the energy boost I needed to get creative with my jewelry designs! His essence just transcends all boundaries...
I will have another post on this with pictures over at The Runway Scoop later today. Stay tuned!
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
That’s the whole problem - celebrities that have such influence over people. When are young women going to realize that it’s your personality that makes you beautiful and not looking like some butcher-faced celebrity?
In cities like Las Vegas, plastic surgery offices run rampant trying to get you to look “good enough” to perform in shows or get into clubs. And contrary to popular belief, plastic surgery does not enhance your self-esteem. Love for yourself and accepting who you really are increases your self-esteem.
- Here’s an article that talks about vitamins that can give you that extra energy for work...
- Health - Fitness Tips offers a list of natural vitamin sources...
- Nutrition’s Finest Supplements says that vitamins and supplements can help with stress relief...
Monday, November 13, 2006
A slip? Who wears those nowadays? (Real ladies, that’s who!)
I thought it was cute because it reminds of the days when women dressed like ladies. I can also hear my mom telling me back in the day to always put on a slip when wearing a skirt...
I’m just tired of seeing women’s thongs through their skirts...
Photo via Rebekah Roy's blog...
Friday, November 10, 2006
Don’t worry, I won’t get on my high horse about how plastic surgery is bad blah, blah, blah. I’m sure you’ve heard it all before ;) Beauty is in the eye holder. We’ve all heard that phrase before yet we still judge others on what they may perceive as beautiful. I’m trying to keep that in mind!
However, I will say that even the best Houston plastic surgeon can’t make you beautiful inside ;)
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
My advice is...if you see someone whose haircut you admire, ask them where they got it cut. That’s how I’ve found great hairstylists. Granted, most of the time the cuts cost an arm and a leg, but I think it’s worth it.
Here’s a blog I came across that offers some tips on finding a beauty salon or stylist...
I’ve always been one to be pretty frugal when it comes to buying fashion, although I am willing to spend more money on accessories like shoes and purses. I believe that accessories is like icing on the cake - it’s what makes the outfit. I’ve talked about it here before.
I think it’s nice to mix up your pieces like wearing Marc Jacobs with say, Target. Sure, it’s ok to want to look like celebrities, but it’s much better to have your own style - dontcha think?
One celebrity whose style I do like is Jessica Alba. She always looks classy...
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Then tonight I was in the grocery store and the lady who was ringing me up had hair loss that was very noticeable. I almost had a panic attack because I don’t want to end up looking like that!
Anybody out there have any advice? I would prefer a natural cure... I've even tried putting vinegar on my scalp, but I don't like my hair to smell like vinegar!
I just created my little page at ThisNext and have added a couple things - like the Seven jeans that fit me great when I tried them on at Nordstrom. Never thought I’d pay over $100 for a pair of jeans, but I just might break out the cash for it! A girl has to splurge once in awhile, eh? Then I recommended the Coach Hampton Carryall pictured here. I’ll be adding more stuff as I do my fall shopping!
Saturday, November 4, 2006
I’m sure many of you are familiar with those commercials on Proactiv... P.Diddy, Britney Spears, and other celebrities have endorsed this acne product. Doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best product, but it has stemmed by curiosity. I’ve been wanting to try it out myself because I believe in trying something out at least once. I would consider Proactiv to be of good value if it does indeed work. Let me know your thoughts on this product! Leave comments below...thanks ;)
Thursday, November 2, 2006
I went to the bookstore today and had to chuckle at this Paris Vogue front cover. I’m trying so hard to take Paris Hilton seriously, but when she goes and does something like this, I just have to laugh. Ok, the French may call this art, but I simply must call this tasteless. Here’s what others are saying...
Faded Youth says, “And to think -- I used to like the French.”
Popsugar says, “Paris Hilton Is Overpriced”
Go Fug Yourself says, “...Paris Hilton's underboob? Honey, show us something we haven't seen before.”